The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex: (With a new introduction by J.T. Bonner and R.M. May) / Edition 1

The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex: (With a new introduction by J.T. Bonner and R.M. May) / Edition 1

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by Charles Darwin
     
 

In the current resurgence of interest in the biological basis of animal behavior and social organization, the ideas and questions pursued by Charles Darwin remain fresh and insightful. This is especially true of The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Darwin's second most important work. This edition is a facsimile reprint of the first printing

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In the current resurgence of interest in the biological basis of animal behavior and social organization, the ideas and questions pursued by Charles Darwin remain fresh and insightful. This is especially true of The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Darwin's second most important work. This edition is a facsimile reprint of the first printing of the first edition (1871), not previously available in paperback.

The work is divided into two parts. Part One marshals behavioral and morphological evidence to argue that humans evolved from other animals. Darwin shoes that human mental and emotional capacities, far from making human beings unique, are evidence of an animal origin and evolutionary development. Part Two is an extended discussion of the differences between the sexes of many species and how they arose as a result of selection. Here Darwin lays the foundation for much contemporary research by arguing that many characteristics of animals have evolved not in response to the selective pressures exerted by their physical and biological environment, but rather to confer an advantage in sexual competition. These two themes are drawn together in two final chapters on the role of sexual selection in humans.

In their Introduction, Professors Bonner and May discuss the place of The Descent in its own time and relation to current work in biology and other disciplines.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691023694
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/01/1981
Edition description:
With a New introduction by J. T. Bonner and R. M. May
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
786,926
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.01(h) x 1.97(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction1
IThe Evidence of the Descent of Man from Some Lower Form5
IIOn the Manner of Development of Man from Some Lower Form26
IIIComparison of the Mental Powers of Man and the Lower Animals66
IVComparison of the Mental Powers of Man and the Lower Animals (continued)100
VOn the Development of the Intellectual and Moral Faculties during Primeval and Civilized Times131
VIOn the Affinities and Genealogy of Man151
VIIOn the Races of Man172
VIIIPrinciples of Sexual Selection214
IXSecondary Sexual Characters in the Lower Classes of the Animal Kingdom268
XSecondary Sexual Characters of Insects283
XIInsects (continued) - Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)316
XIISecondary Sexual Characters of Fishes, Amphibians, and Reptiles341
XIIISecondary Sexual Characters of Birds370
XIVBirds (continued)417
XVBirds (continued)459
XVIBirds (concluded)481
XVIISecondary Sexual Characters of Mammals518
XVIIISecondary Sexual Characters of Mammals (continued)544
XIXSecondary Sexual Characters of Man576
XXSecondary Sexual Characters of Man (continued)606
XXIGeneral Summary and Conclusion629
Supplemental Note644
Index649

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